So Long, Sunshine
So Long, Sunshine

You know you’re a runner when you plan your week around when you’ll be able to get your runs in.

And yet, come winter, this planning can get a bit tricky thanks to the decline in daylight. Tricky, yet still doable—thank God! Seriously I’d be a mess if I had to take winters off from running. These next few months are always hard enough—what, with the cold temperatures, the pressure of the holidays and the general lack of sunshine. For those of us who use running as a way to help cope with life, it truly is a blessing, especially this time of year. Helps us find balance. Helps us be our better (if not our best) selves.

I don’t take a single run for granted. I’m filled with gratitude for both the ability and the desire to be at it each time I’m out there. It’s a gift. One I plan on enjoying for as long as I can. And while I get that it’s not for everyone, for those of us who do love it, it’s a part of who we are—a go-to stress reliever, a non-negotiable part of our routine, a time-out in the best way possible, and a fail-proof way to steer us back to ‘us’ whenever we’re in need of it.

There are all kinds of hobbies and habits to be had. Personally, I traded smoking for running a little over eight years ago. Figured I couldn’t do both and I was tired of feeling like a slave to cigarettes, so I poured myself into running. Was it hard in the beginning? Absolutely! But stick with it long enough and you get stronger. Can go farther. You find your rhythm. And, if you’re anything like me, somewhere along the way you fall in love with it.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy it more when the weather’s more summer-y than winter-ish. But there is something to be said for that bad-ass feeling you get when you’re out there enduring the harsher elements. It builds character, by teaching you how to dig deep for the inspiration you need to persevere in circumstances that are less than desirable. And that carries over into way more than just your running.

So, yeah, you can bet I plan on hitting the trails this afternoon. During my two hour window of daylight between the time I get off work and the sun goes down. All layered up and with a big ‘ole smile.

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Reposted with permission from 1BeautifulJourney.com

 
 
I'm actually the meanest person if

I don't get my run in. I would literally

yell shut up to anything that is 

making noise
If dad bods can be okay, can we lower

the standards for females? Shit I like 

beer and food too
Yeah running a marathon is hard... 

But have you ever overdosed on viagra? 

Hardest day of my life

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I'm actually the meanest person if I don't get my run in. I would literally yell shut up to anything that is  making noise
If dad bods can be okay, can we lower the standards for females? Shit I like  beer and food too
Yeah running a marathon is hard...  But have you ever overdosed on viagra?  Hardest day of my life
Why do marathoners get so triggered  when you call them joggers
Welcome to your third week of  marathon training.  Breakfast is ibuprofen
My body has absorbed so much  sanitizer that when I pee,  it cleans the toilet
Y'all please be careful out there cause  these people with no AC driving fast af!
I'm tired and hungry. Headphones are  dead. It's hot. F*CK IT. Time to  lace up and run
My morning run was breathtaking.  Not the views, just in general
This is the first year I'm not running  Boston marathon because of Covid-19 Normally, I'm not running it  because I can't qualify
Not sure if I have a strong immune  system or just don't go to the gym  enough
Friend: I'm so happy it finally feels  like summer... Me after 0.2 miles: *I wish I could put  my titties in a ponytail*
Dudes be like:   "So sorry about your  race..... I'm always here if you need a shoulder to cry on" The shoulder:
When someone who smokes and drinks  tries to tell you to cut sugar from your  diet because it's "unhealthy"
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